Strawberry Mango Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Mango Protein Smoothie

I’m not even 30 yet and I already feel like I’m getting old. Mostly because all the sudden I’m the kind of person who can fall asleep at the drop of a hat. (Go on. Drop it.) Seriously though. The climax of the Lego Movie that we saw in theaters a few weeks ago? Totally out. Reading a story to Charlotte? I give myself 3 pages. The 10 minute drive to Costco yesterday? If you live in Sacramento, consider yourself warned.

Strawberry Mango Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Mango Protein SmoothiePost-kid-bedtime is when I usually get Important Stuff done. (Like pinning All The Things. Somebody’s gotta do it.) Friday night I was supposed to chop enough fruit for 40 people and make 2 dozen deviled eggs for my cousin’s wedding the next day. Instead I zonked out, sleepily setting an alarm so that I could get chopping and mayonnaise-whipping bright and early.

Strawberry Mango Protein Smoothie

So I crawl out of bed the next morning and start chopping like a mad woman to get it all done for her 10am wedding. You should have seen my mango-slicing skillz. I should go pro. I got it all done, in my pajamas of course, leaving me a roomy 20 minutes to get ready. (har har)

We are literally running out the door, kids, fruit salad, and slippery deviled eggs in tow, when Eric grabs the invitation off the fridge for the address. And reads it aloud to me: Eleven o’clock in the morning. 11. Not 10.  An hour later.

Ah well. Better an hour early than an hour late, right? And on the bonus side we got to hang out at our neighbor’s garage sale down the street.  Because it’s totally normal to frequent yard sales in wedding clothes.

Strawberry Mango Protein Smoothie

Do you guys drink smoothies for breakfast? It’s such a trendy thing right now. I am all over it. It’s a delicious way to pack in some healthy carbs and protein. Eric is the smoothie maker ’round these parts. He makes one for us every morning. It is awesome. I’m a breakfast-forgetter, so having this done and out of the way means I have time for more time for important things, like falling asleep while reading Charlotte book number 37.

Eric lost 20 pounds last summer through exercise and calorie counting using My Fitness Pal. That’s when he started drinking this Strawberry Mango Protein Smoothie everyday. He got it down to a fine art, always putting in exact amounts so that he knew how many calories he was consuming.

Strawberry Mango Protein Smoothie

That’s when he discovered protein powder. (<<That’s a link to the kind we buy.) More calories, yes, but good ones because they are protein. (And that’s about where my healthy commentary ends; you guys know I’m not exactly a health guru!) The bottom line: the smoothie is yummy, protein rich, and has about 250-300 calories, depending on how much peanut butter you use. (You could even experiment with using PB2 if you wanted to cut calories.)

Strawberry Mango Protein SmoothieIt’s certainly better than a bowl of cereal. (Not better than a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Ain’t nothin better un that. But Grape Nuts? This smoothie kicks Grape Nuts’ butts. Grape Nuts’ butts, I say!

Strawberry Mango Protein Smoothie

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Strawberry Mango Protein Smoothie

Makes one 16-oz smoothie

Ingredients

  • slightly mounded 1/3 cup protein powder
  • 1/3 of a large banana
  • 4 big leaves or 8 small leaves spinach, stems remove
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons peanut butter
  • about 8 whole frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup frozen mangos OR berries
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and process for about 30 seconds or a minute. (Add them in the order listed above, it will blend easier)
  2. Scrape down the sides with a spatula. Blend again until smooth. Over-blending will make it foamy, so don't overdo it.
  3. Pour into a 16-oz glass and serve.
  4. Rinse out your blender immediately so that you don't have a sad, sad mess to clean later.
http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2014/05/13/strawberry-mango-protein-smoothie/

Source: my husband Eric

Some other smoothies you guys might like:

Beet Coconut Dream Smoothie from Dishing Up The Dirt

Layered Strawberry Banana Smoothie from Around My Family Table

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie from Averie Cooks

Almond Butter Spinach Smoothie from What Gaby’s Cooking

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie from Tastes Lovely

3-Ingredient Superfood Smoothie from Making Thyme For Health

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  1. Judith says

    My husband wanted a “good old-fashioned comfort food meal” and I made your garlic sauced meat loaf. He loved it! Because there are just the 2 of us, I divided the recipe into 3 smaller loaves and froze 2 of them. It still took close to 40 min. at 350F for the one to bake (used the meat thermometer to confirm internal temp. at about 155F as suggested).

  2. Sarah says

    Laughing so hard right now. Classic Karen. I smoothie it up every morning and it’s so great. Protein powder is so helpful when you don’t eat much meat like our family. I like the idea of peanut butter and fruit together because in my mind it would be very pb&j-esque. Is it?

  3. says

    Strawberry and mango are the perfect combination! Plus the peanut butter, this looks all kinds of delicious.
    I don’t usually give myself enough time to make a smoothie (I literally shove half of an english muffin in my face and I’m out the door) but I should start because this would be nice to have during my morning commute!
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  4. says

    Yum, yum, yummy. I’ve recently jumped onto the smoothie train. It’s the only thing I can seem to stomach early in the morning since I’m not really a breakfast person. My blender has been running constantly and I love coming up with new combinations. Adding protein powder is such a smart idea, especially since I’ve been trying to add regular workouts to my schedule… trying being the key word here :)
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  5. says

    I go to bed super early as well. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up past 11. But that’s ok bc I’m that much more productive in the mornings. I wake up excited for breakfast and this smoothie sounds perfect! And Cinnamon toast crunch..mmm…I think I will go to bed dreaming of that cinnamon-y milk ;)
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  6. says

    Just make sure the protein powder is from a local outlet. The imported stuff is full of heavy metals and all sorts of contaminants, especially from China.

  7. says

    Oh Gosh being sleep deprived is the worst thing ever!!!!! I sleep for a full 8 hours and still feel groggy and tired in the morning! How weird is that!!!!!! You’re a whiz genius to have done so much in such a short period of time! These protein smoothies look delicious!!!! Strawberry and mangoes are the mega fruits of the season and this combination couldn’t have been better! :D
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  8. says

    Yum! We’ve been wanting to do smoothies for breakfast for a while but the husband is allergic to bananas (and spinach, and rye, and pears, AND avocados!). What would your suggestions be as a banana substitute in this (or any other banana-involved smoothie)?
    *I may still make this just for me though, shhhh*
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    • says

      Emily how is your husband allergic to such a random assortment of things!!! That’s crazy. I honestly am not a smoothie guru, but I just looked up this post from The Kitchn and the comments have some pretty good ideas. Yogurt, oats, chia seeds. Let me know what you end up replacing it with! (you’re secret’s safe with me if you make it when he’s not home though… :)

      • says

        Ugh, I know! And that post is spot-on! Thank you! Yogurt would be a good option and we have some chia seeds I’ve been playing around with so I can toss some of those in as well. Glad to know there is someone else out there with my same allergic-husband problems :) #99problemsbutabananaaintone

  9. says

    Hi there, how much is the protein powder used in your recipe?
    I’m currently using ICON Nutrition cinnamon vanilla swirl and wondered how much the one you use is? Also does it mix well? Mine mixes very well but some I have had don’t mix so good and are a little lumpy. Thanks, Kevin.

  10. Jessica says

    This was amazingly delicious and packed with A Ton of protein. Thanks so much for sharing this. It makes a lot and is very filling I split about a third of it to give to my littles and of course THEY LOVED IT TOO! This is one of my new favorites.

  11. says

    Teach me how to fall asleep!!! Umm yes, I’m serious. It takes me forever (now I depend on the NyQuild ZZZZ stuff, and it works most of the time), so I can never take naps unless I’m sick beyond belief. What’s your secret?? And YAY you’re incredible to make so much food in such a short span of time for the wedding! Serious skills there. Teach me those too! :)
    Amy @ Amy’s Healthy Baking recently posted…Cherry Peanut Butter Oatmeal CookiesMy Profile

    • says

      Amy, stay up until 3am writing blog posts. That should clear you right up. Haha! :) Not being able to fall asleep is the worst. I’m sorry! I’m sure you’ve tried everything, but try watching the alarm clock and thinking “If I fall asleep RIGHT NOW I’ll still get 4 hours!” Oughta do it. #thanksforthatonepinterest

      • says

        Oh Karen… ;) I stopped looking at the clock between when I flipped off the light and when my alarm went off. I’d stress out so much that I’d stay awake for 10 times as long as if I hadn’t peeked at all. I even have to turn around the clock in the bathroom before going to bed so I don’t accidentally glance at it in the middle of the night!
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